Single vs. Double
I've got a 4.7 Searider with a single 50 Johnson. I chuckled at the "drop the hook await that mate" comment. Here, more than 100 yards offshore the bottom is 6000 feet away.
Guy gets nervous at sea state and location out of sight of land: "Captain, how far from land are we?" Captain replies, "Oh, about two miles." "But Captain, I can't even see land, how could it be two miles away?" Captain looks at him and says, "Two miles away, straight down."
Many fishermen around here who are regularly out in it are running twins. The occurance of guys floating to the West for two weeks or more is too frequent. I'm stuck with a single on my Avon and even with Handheld, flares, gps and water bottles I tend not to do some things I would with twins. Of course, if they both share a common fuel supply and that goes bad, so much for reduncancy. I guess even with a common tank, twin filter/separators would probably place the risk very low.
All that said....I'm pining for a 5.58 Ribcraft with twin four strokes!